4 sailors charged in Md. training pond deaths

By By BROCK VERGAKIS

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Navy official says four sailors are facing charges for their roles in the training accident deaths of two divers in Maryland.

Navy Divers 1st Class James Reyher and 2nd Class Ryan Harris drowned Feb. 26 while working at an underwater test facility. Members of the unit have said Reyher and Harris died after a line tethered to them became tangled with at the bottom of the facility. By the time they were pulled to the surface, they were out of air and unresponsive.

Arraignments for the four sailors were scheduled for Wednesday. Lt. Nathan Potter, a spokesman for the Virginia Beach-based Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2, says the specific charges the sailors will face and their identities won't be made public until they are arraigned.

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